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Crap Souvenirs: The Ultimate Kitsch Collection Paperback – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537653
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After working the copying machine at Late Night with David Letterman, Spy Magazine, and The New Yorker during college, Doug Lanksy hit the road. He spent two and a half years working his way around the planet, after which he became America’s youngest nationally syndicated columnist. His weekly “Vagabond” column grew to reach more than 10 million readers in 40 major newspapers. Doug currently tours on the lecture circuit and contributes to Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and other publications, while running his website, Signspotting.

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Doug Lansky is an American travel writer based in Sweden. He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years. Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men's Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader's Digest, COLORS Magazine, Public Radio, and many others. He has written books for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet (advice and photo books, not guides) and has had a nationally syndicated travel column in 40 newspapers around the United States. He has always been mindful of the effects of travel writing and the impact of tourism, and currently writes about this in a regular column for Skift.

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A fun book. Lots of photos of truly tacky stuff that has been submitted to the related web page. I bought the book because my entry is in it - but it is still a fun worthwile book filled with silly photos. My only complaint - the web site said the winner would get an iPad. On the page that lists most popular entries of all time is my entry (the David Boxers) was listed as number one - but alas I did not get an iPad. :(
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By Beverly Kai on May 5, 2013
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For anyone who traveled U.S. roads before they all looked alike, this book should be in your own souvenir collection. The book is almost self-parody in that it really is a piece of crap in itself.

Or else it is a priceless reminder of ephemera.

It defines kitch, or crap, as an item which is a sort of hybrid with another item. Like Venus de Milo with a clock in her belly. It does two things very badly.

The souvenir that sticks in my mind is for sale all over Australia. It is a stuffed cane toad standing on its hind legs doing something Australian. The cane toad has no predators in Australia, and so plays hell with the environment. It is so toxic that it can kill your cat. Making it into an ashtray stand, or sunglass holder . . . .or wearing an Ozzie outback hat... is a sort of revenge on it. It says something about the thing that out of 50 years of world travel, when I think of a crap souvenir, I see the stuffed cane toad standing up and waving a cigarette at me.

May you find your own permanent mental marker of your travels.
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looking for something for easy mailing that reflects the life i share with a dear daughterinlaw. we love estate sales, auctions and thrift stores for the unusual and this book is all of the above. i also included a check to purchase some more crap.
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